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Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Suite 118-335 Packham Avenue Asimakaniseekan Askiy Reserve, Saskatoon SK

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Programs

Programs offered at each campus may vary, so be sure to check other campus offerings for the course you are most interested in.

Business, Accounting, Marketing Programs

  • Program Description

    If you’re looking for a career in the business world, SIIT’s Business Program will get you started! The Business Program will provide a general overview of the major business functions within small, medium and large companies or organizations. It is a full time program with options to graduate after year one with a certificate, a two year diploma- or transfer directly into a degree program- with partnering institutions such as the University of Saskatchewan Edwards School of Business, University of Lethbridge, or the First Nations University of Canada. The Business Program is available at our campuses in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and Regina, and in select community locations. Completing this program will allow you to begin your career as a business professional in a wide range of sectors and in specialized fields such as: Accounting, Finance, HR, Management, Marketing, or Entrepreneurship.

Education, Teaching Programs

  • Program Description

    Are you interested in working in a classroom environment and supporting students in their learning? Are you interested in working with children and youth? SIIT’s Education program might be the next step on your career path. The nine month Educational Assistant (EA) certificate program will prepare you to assist and support the teacher(s) in the classroom from kindergarten to high school, while also teaching you the skills needed to work with children individually, in small groups, or with the entire class. The EA program is available at our campuses in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and Regina, and in select community locations. Graduates can expect to work as elementary or secondary school teacher assistants (NOC 4413) in child-care centres, day-care centres, kindergartens, agencies for exceptional children and other settings where early childhood education services are provided. Most employers require criminal record and vulnerable sector checks.
  • Program Description

    The Orientation to Daycare & HeadStart program is a modular program delivered as an Applied Certificate. Courses and practicum prepare students to provide quality care to children according to both mainstream and Indigenous theory and practice. The program is designed to provide professional development opportunities for individuals who are currently employed in the field. This program is available for purchase by communities. It is available in online and classroom delivery formats. Please contact Barb Sankey- Dean, Post-Secondary Studies (sankeyb@siit.ca) for information on brokerage or seat purchase.

Engineering Programs

  • Program Description

    Do you enjoy working with control systems? Are you interested in pursuing a career in utilities? If so, SIIT’s Power Engineering Programs may be the first steps in a rewarding career. Power Engineers operate and maintain the complex systems used to operate industrial boilers, pumps, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Demand for skilled power engineers is growing, opening the door to good jobs in the oil patch, mining, manufacturing, power generation utilities and more. Power engineers require a college training program in power engineering and several years of work experience, and a provincial or territorial power engineering certificate according to class. SIIT offers 3rd and 4th Class Power Engineering programs at the Saskatoon Campus. Both levels are full time programs (32 and 40 weeks, respectively). SIIT Power Engineering students develop the knowledge and skills to operate and maintain- in a safe and efficient manner- equipment found in industrial settings and steam generating facilities. Students progress from one class to another (starting at the 4th class) through a combination of work experience, course completions, and rigorous inter-provincial exams. Intensive lab time for this program is provided at SIIT’s Steam Lab- located at the Northwest Regional College Campus in Meadow Lake, SK.

Healthcare, Wellness, Pharma Programs

  • Program Description

    Are you interested in helping young children in their early development? SIIT’s First Nations Child Care program will help you take the next step into a career in early childhood education. The First Nations Child Care (FNCC) program is a full time program delivered as a one-year certificate. Students have the option to continue on to complete the second year for a two-year diploma. Courses and practicums are designed to prepare you to provide quality care to children according to both mainstream and Indigenous theory and practice. The FNCC program is available at our campuses in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and Regina, and in select community locations. Graduates can expect to work as early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) in elementary and high school environments, youth centres and care facilities. Most employers require criminal record and vulnerable sector checks.
  • Program Description

    Do you enjoy helping people? Are you a caring person who has great compassion and empathy for others? A career as a Health Care Aide might be for you. The Health Care Aide program is a full time program delivered as a one-year certificate. Courses and practicums are designed to prepare you to assist individuals who wish to remain independent and in their own homes or provide assistance to those living in special care homes. You will be trained to effectively care for and assist seniors and individuals who may face physical or mental challenges. The Health Care Aide program is available at SIIT Campus Locations. Graduates can expect to work as nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) and assist nurses, hospital staff and physicians in the basic care of patients. They are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted care facilities for the elderly and other health care establishments. Most employers require criminal record and vulnerable sector checks.
  • Program Description

    Do you enjoy helping people? Are you interested in nursing? Would you like to provide culturally responsive care? SIIT’s unique Indigenous Practical Nursing Program might be the first step in a rewarding career journey! The Indigenous Practical Nursing (IPN) program is a full time two year diploma program. It will prepare you to become a culturally responsive and professional care provider- with an understanding of western and Indigenous approaches to health and wellness. Classroom, technologically enhanced lab, and practicum activities will help you to develop the skills needed to make a positive difference in the health and well-being of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. This program is delivered at SIIT’s Saskatoon Campus location. Upon successful completion of SIIT’s Indigenous Practical Nursing diploma program and the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE), graduates will be eligible for licensure with the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN). As a Licensed Practical Nurse (NOC 3233), the IPN graduate will provide care to individuals, families and communities at multiple life stages and in a variety of practice settings. Most employers require criminal record and vulnerable sector checks.
  • Program Description

    Are you interested in helping and supporting others? SIIT’s Mental Health and Wellness program is suited for those who wish to help people achieve wellness and value the work of healing. The Mental Health and Wellness Diploma program is a full time program delivered at SIIT’s Saskatoon, Regina, and Prince Albert Campuses, and select community locations. In classroom, counselling lab, professional mentoring and coaching sessions, and practicum settings, you will learn and apply Indigenous and Western-based holistic approaches to healing and addictions counselling. The program utilizes a lifespan approach that includes youth, adults and older adults. Addiction and recovery models will be examined as a process for working with self, clients and communities. The first year of this program focuses on internal work, becoming familiar with your role as a mental health worker, and developing skills in professional practice and healing work. In the second year of the program, skills are refined in the practice of counselling. This approach helps students to develop professionally and enhances one’s sense of self. The work that it takes students to achieve this level of awareness may be challenging, however, the environment of community and healing created in this program supports students to excel as professionals in the their chosen field. Students are expected to maintain a positive and healthy lifestyle. Graduates can expect to work as social and community service workers (NOC 4212) in social service and government agencies, mental health agencies, group homes, shelters, substance abuse centres, school boards, correctional facilities and other establishments. Most employers require criminal record and vulnerable sector checks.

Skilled Trades, Auto, Fire Programs

  • Program Description

    Do you have an interest in aviation? Are you mechanically inclined? Would you like to work on aircraft? SIIT’s Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Program might be the first step you’re looking for. This two year diploma program is delivered at the Saskatoon Aviation Learning Centre located at Hangar 19-2725 Koyl Ave. Students develop the knowledge and skills required to troubleshoot, maintain, repair, and overhaul aircraft in accordance with Transport Canada’s standards of safety and performance. SIIT is the only institution in Saskatchewan that offers this program. Graduates of this program are credited eighteen (18) months of the forty-eight (48) months aviation maintenance apprenticeship experience required to obtain a “Category M License”. The AME license is a federal qualification, honored and recognized all across Canada with no provincial restrictions. AME’s work in hangars, shops, and sometimes outdoors on the flight line. There are plenty of career opportunities for AME’s ranging from flight line maintenance and inspection (NOC 7315) to heavy overhaul of aircraft and helicopters. Jobs are widely available in civilian and military settings in-province, internationally, and everywhere in between. For those interested in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Program at SIIT, program staff are happy to provide you with a tour of the Saskatoon Aviation Learning Centre.
  • Program Description

    Do you enjoy building things and working with your hands? Are you interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry? If so, SIIT’s Carpentry level programs may provide the training that you need to complete your apprenticeship and become a Red Seal carpenter. SIIT offers all four levels of technical training for the Carpentry trade at trade shops in Saskatoon and Regina, with some levels offered in select community locations. To graduate from each level of the apprenticeship program, an apprentice must successfully complete the required technical training and compile enough on-the-job experience to total at least 1800 hours each year. Total trade time required is 7200 hours and at least 4 years in the trade. Once all levels of technical training are complete, apprentices can challenge the Red Seal Exam and be recognized as a Journeyperson Carpenter Canada-wide. Apprentices and Red Seal Carpenters (NOC 7271) can find employment with construction companies, carpentry contractors, and maintenance departments of factories, plants and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.
  • Program Description

    Do you enjoy working with control systems? Are you interested in pursuing a career in utilities? If so, SIIT’s Process Operation Technician Program may be the first step in a rewarding career. This two year diploma program completes all components of SIIT’s Power Engineering 4th Class Program at a more comfortable pace. Because this program is math-heavy, it is ideal for those who have been out of school for a number of years. In the first year of this program you will write your “A” exam, while in the second year, you will write your “B” exam. If you feel that you wish to move at a faster pace, the Power Engineering 4th Class Program might be a better fit for you. SIIT Process Operation Technician students develop the knowledge and skills to operate and maintain- in a safe and efficient manner- equipment found in industrial settings and steam generating facilities. Employment in this field requires a college training program in power engineering and several years of work experience, and a provincial or territorial power engineering certificate according to class. Students in this program will challenge 4th class of Power Engineering through a combination of work experience, course completions, and rigorous inter-provincial exams. This program is delivered at SIIT’s Steam Lab- located at the Northwest Regional College Campus in Meadow Lake, SK.
  • Program Description

    Do you enjoy working with metals? Do you have excellent hand-eye coordination and an interest in producing high-quality work? Are you interested in pursuing a career in the construction or manufacture sector? If so, SIIT’s Welding programs may provide the training that you need to complete your apprenticeship and become a Red Seal Welder. SIIT offers all levels of technical training for the Welding trade at trade shops in Saskatoon and Regina, SK. These programs prepare students to work in the Welding trade, through a combination of classroom activity, hands on work in the shop, safety training, and industry placements. SIIT also includes the Canadian Welding Bureau Certification required to work on most job sites. Graduates of welding technical training can expect to find employment and apprenticeship as Welders (NOC 7237). They are employed by companies that manufacture structural steel and platework, boilers, heavy machinery, aircraft and ships and other metal products, and by welding contractors and welding shops, or they may be self-employed.
  • Program Description

    Are you interested in auto body repair? If so, SIIT’s Auto Body Repair program may be the first step to a rewarding career. The Auto Body Repair program is delivered at trade shops in Regina and Saskatoon. The program includes classroom and hands on training, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets. Students can also complete a work practicum and can earn 300 hours of trade time credit toward apprenticeship. Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level work as motor vehicle body repairers (NOC 7322) and can find employment with automobile dealerships, automobile body repair shops, or automobile appraisal centres- or they may be self-employed.
  • Program Description

    Are you interested in repairing vehicles? If so, SIIT’s Automotive Service Technician Preparation program may be the first step to a rewarding career. The Automotive Service Technician Preparation program is delivered at trade shops in Regina, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon, and in various community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets. Students can also complete a work practicum and can earn 360 hours of trade time credit toward apprenticeship. Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level work as automotive service technicians (NOC 7321) and can find employment with motor vehicle dealers, garages, truck and trailer dealerships, fleet maintenance companies, service stations, automotive specialty shops, transportation companies, retail establishments with automotive service shops – or they may be self-employed.
  • Are you interested in a career in the residential or industrial construction industry? If so, SIIT’s Concrete Forming program may be your next step. The Concrete Forming program is delivered at trade shops in Regina, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon, and in various community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training, career planning, and safety tickets. Graduates of this program can expect to find employment on residential, commercial, and industrial construction sites as construction trades helpers and labourers. Construction trades helpers and labourers make an average annual salary of $51,100 in Saskatchewan.
  • Are you interested in a career in the residential or industrial construction industry but are unsure about which trade might be the best fit? If so, SIIT’s Construction Worker Preparation program may be your next step. The 10 week Construction Worker Preparation program is delivered at trade shops in Regina, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon, and in various community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets. Students can also complete a work practicum and can earn 300 hours of trade time credit toward apprenticeship in Carpentry.
  • Are you interested in working as a heavy equipment operator? If so, SIIT’s Heavy Equipment Operator program may be your next step. If there are projects happening in your community, there may be a program starting up near you. Check with your local Labour Force Development officer for details. The Heavy Equipment Operator program is only delivered in select community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training, career planning, and safety tickets. Graduates of this program can expect to find employment as a heavy equipment or pipeline equipment operator and be employed by construction companies, heavy equipment contractors, public works departments and pipeline, logging, cargo-handling and other companies.
  • Are you interested in servicing and repairing small gas and diesel-powered engines and equipment? If so, SIIT’s Outdoor Power Equipment Repair program may be your next step. The 10 week Outdoor Power Equipment Repair program is delivered in various Northern community locations. The program includes classroom and shop training, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets. Students may also complete a 1 week work placement. Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level employment as small engine and small equipment repairers in dealer service shops and independent service establishments- or may be self-employed.
  • Are you interested in working in the mining industry? If so, SIIT’s Mining Industry Pre-Employment program may be your next step. The 10 week Mining Industry Pre-Employment program is delivered in Regina, Saskatoon, and Yorkton. The program includes classroom training, mine site tours, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets. Students may also complete a two week practicum at a mine site. Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level employment with various mining companies.
  • Are you interested in residential or commercial carpentry and construction? If so, SIIT’s Residential Renovation and Construction (RRaC) program may be the first step to a rewarding career. The 12 week Residential Renovation and Construction (RRaC) program is delivered in First Nation community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets. Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level employment with residential and commercial construction companies, carpentry contractors, and maintenance departments of factories, plants and other establishments as construction trades helpers and labourers.
  • Are you interested in working in the construction industry in the scaffolding trade? If so, SIIT’s Scaffolding program may be your first step. The Scaffolding program is delivered at various communities across Saskatchewan. The program includes classroom and hands on training. Graduates of this program can expect to find employment with unionized and non-union contractors throughout Saskatchewan.
  • Are you interested in a career in one of the three key construction trades: carpentry, electrical, or plumbing and having trouble deciding on which to pursue? If so, SIIT’s Tri-Trades program may be your first step. The 12 week Tri-Trades program is delivered in Regina, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon, and in various community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training that will familiarize students with work in carpentry, electrical, and plumbing, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets. Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level employment with residential and commercial construction companies, carpentry contractors, and maintenance departments of factories, plants and other establishments. Graduates of this program can expect to find employment on residential and commercial construction sites as construction trades helpers and labourers.
  • Are you interested in working as a Lather installing steel stud framing and drywalling in the construction industry? If so, SIIT’s Steel Stud and Drywall program may be your first step. The 6 week Steel Stud and Drywall program is delivered in Regina, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon, and in various community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets. Drywall installers and finishers install and finish drywall sheets and various types of ceiling systems. Lathers install support framework for ceiling systems, interior and exterior walls and building partitions. Graduates will find entry level work as drywall installers or lathers with construction companies, plastering, drywalling and lathing contractors, or they may be self-employed.
  • Are you interested in helping keep your community safe? If so, SIIT’s Volunteer Firefighting Training program may be your first step. This program is designed to provide you with the information needed to meet the fire-related performance objectives in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001, Level One.

    The Volunteer Firefighting Training program is only delivered in select community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training, and safety tickets.

    There are five components of the Fire Fighting program.

    • Level 1
    • Level 2
    • Pump A
    • Wildland
    • Fire Investigator

    Graduates of this program can expect to be a part of their local, community-based volunteer firefighting department.

  • This one week exam prep program prepares learners with previous welding experience to take the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) exams. It provides knowledge and skills development in operating welding equipment and performing specific welding operations to be tested by CWB using current welding standards. This program is delivered at SIIT’s Regina Trade Shop. After the completion of the exam prep, participants have the opportunity to challenge the Canadian Welding Board Exams, invigilated by a CWB inspector. Successful participants will gain CWB certification.
  • This five week exam prep program prepares learners with previous carpentry experience to challenge the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam for Carpentry. It provides a test prep of all four levels of carpentry apprenticeship and code book review. Participants challenge the Interprovincial Exam for Carpentry on the last day of the program.

Technology, Networking Programs

  • Program Description

    Are you interested in computers and technology? Do you help your friends and family with their tech support? Do you enjoy solving computer issues and want to start a career in IT? The IT Support Specialist program may be for you! The nine month IT Support Specialist certificate program will prepare you to troubleshoot computer networking and software problems while providing excellent customer service. The IT Support Specialist Program is a full time program available at our Saskatoon Campus. Successful completion of the IT Support Specialist Certificate will allow you to begin your career as a User Support Technician (NOC 2282) in the private or public sectors, with independent technical support companies, or as self-employed.

Travel, Tourism, Hospitality Programs

  • Are you interested in working in the hotel industry? If so, SIIT’s Guest Services Representative program may be the first step to a rewarding career in the tourism sector.

    The Guest Services Representative program is delivered in Regina, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon, and in various community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets. Students can also complete a work placement.

    Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level work in a variety of occupations, including: front desk, reservation sales, housekeeping/ custodial, night audit, and tourism visitor information. Graduates of this program can find employment in hotels and a wide range of other businesses in the tourism sector.

Saskatoon Campus

History

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) is a First Nations-governed educational institution, one of only four credit-granting post-secondary institutions in the province- and the only credit granting Indigenous institution. SIIT provides adult learners with academic, vocational and technical training as well as services and supports for employment and career growth. Indigenous learners are at the core of SIIT, representing over 90% of the student body.

Vision and Mandate

SIIT’s Strategic Plan sets out a bold Vision: “Through student-focused, market-relevant programs and services in an Indigenous learning environment, we create work-ready achievers and role models who appreciate the value of learning now and in the future”.

In all things, SIIT is committed to maintaining a First Nations focus and is dedicated to ongoing collaboration with First Nations stakeholders and communities to implement learner-focused strategies. SIIT recognizes a broad array of stakeholders that includes students, job seekers, graduates, instructors, educators, training partners, employers, Elders, First Nations leaders and communities, SIIT staff, management and board.

Our History

Established in 1976 as the Saskatchewan Indian Community College, SIIT was created in response to the need for quality post-secondary education for Indigenous people in an environment that promotes traditional ways and supports success. SIIT originally delivered adult academic upgrading and later branched into post-secondary programs.

With increases in funding, SIIT expanded its base of satellite colleges and added fully certified occupational courses and curriculum to its program offerings. In 1985, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) passed an Act respecting the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. In 2000, the Province of Saskatchewan conferred SIIT the authority to grant certificates, diplomas and credits by passing the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Act- making SIIT the only credit-granting Indigenous institution in the Province.

Our Existing Network

SIIT continues to expand its provincial impact and now encompasses a network of three principal campus sites, eight strategically located career and trades training centres, two mobile job connection units, and over 35 community learning sites.

SIIT maintains focus on advancement of post-secondary education, adult education and skill development for all First Nation peoples through multiple pathways that support student success. One of SIIT’s key strategies is to enter into partnerships to ensure growth, innovation, and opportunity for Indigenous people.


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